Management Skills and Techniques for Engineers

ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

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Who should attend

Technical managers, supervisors and engineers who need to develop their managerial skills.

About the course

This course offers engineers and technical staff who are making the transition to managerial and supervisory positions an excellent opportunity to understand the differences in mindset between technical and functional thinking. Such transitions are not always successful and many engineers end up leaving their posts or the company altogether because they cannot cope with the new job requirements. This course gives engineers and technical teams the opportunity to make a successful transition from their technical comfort zone to an area that is quite different on many fronts.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the management functions of planning, organizing, directing and controlling in a team environment
  • Demonstrate project management skills in order to run an effective work schedule that will increase productivity of work groups
  • Use the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage performance
  • Coordinate and communicate with others to achieve the desired goals
  • Practice team building techniques to increase performance
  • Create creative problem solving and decision making processes

Course Outline

Understanding the transition from a technical expert to a functional manager or supervisor

  • Differences and similarities between engineers and management
  • The functions of management
  • The skills needed
  • Common management mistakes you want to avoid
  • Improving productivity through leadership
  • Assessing and adapting your leadership style

Planning and organizing tools and techniques

  • Engineers as project planners
  • The importance of scope definition
  • Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
  • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  • Calculating ES, EF, LS, LF and slack
  • Identifying the critical path
  • Low cost scheduling or crashing
  • Understanding project schedules
  • Bar charting
  • Workforce planning

Management through performance analysis

  • Engineers and functional performance
  • Importance of performance management
  • Creating and measuring performance expectations
  • Key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Setting 'SMART' objectives
  • Targets and standards setting

Dealing with your team members, contractors and customers

  • Engineers as business influencers
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Barriers to communication
  • What defines a good communicator
  • Sources of potential conflicts
  • Managing conflicts effectively
  • Different conflict modes

Building successful work teams

  • Engineers as business team builders
  • The importance of teams and teamwork
  • Understanding the mechanics of groups
  • Team building techniques that work

Analyzing issues and making effective decisions

  • Engineers as business problem solvers
  • Defining problems and analyzing causes
  • The rational approach to problem solving (Kepner-Tregoe)
  • Problem analysis supplementary tools
  • Creative decision making tools

Videos and materials

Management Skills and Techniques for Engineers at ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

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